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Addis Ababa University


Addis Ababa University (AAU), which was established in 1950 as the University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA), is the oldest and the largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia. Since its inception, the University has been the leading center in teaching-learning, research and community services.


At present the University has 10 colleges, 4 institutes that run both teaching and research, and 6 research institutes that predominantly conduct research. Within these academic units, there are 55 departments, 12 centers, 12 schools, and 2 teaching hospitals.


Taking into account the reform in the University, coupled with the responsibility entrusted to the institution by the Government, AAU has recently welcomed a new vision of becoming a pre-eminent research university in Africa. As a result, research has been given a new organizational platform under a new direction and new set of policy framework. The change at AAU underscores that research should proactively respond to the national demand of generating and disseminating new knowledge and technology, strengthening and developing the capacity of students in contemporary science and technology.

Library services

The main university library is the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, which was opened in August 1969. It is located on the Main Campus (at Sidist Kilo). It primarily holds library materials on humanities and social sciences and serves almost all the University community and registered external users.

ICT services

The mission of the ICT Directorate is to play a major enabling role in strengthening the operational missions of the University, namely learning-teaching, research and innovation, community engagements, institutional development and administrations.

Sports facilities

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all students who are interested in participating in Extracurricular Activities and Sports are given a fair opportunity to do so. This policy is largely aimed at:

  • developing useful new capabilities in students that can lead to extension of career opportunities;
  • developing student initiatives and providing opportunities for exercising responsibilities;
  • advancing students’ leadership capabilities and good organizational skills;
  • enhancing the social skills of students through building interpersonal skills;
  • enabling students to explore a wider range of individual interests that might be available in the regular program;

Student clubs

  • The Yellow Movement.
  • The leadership and Debate Club.
  • Addis Ababa University Male's Solidarity Club for Gender Equality and Elimination of GBV/Yewendoch Agarnet Kibeb)

Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

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